Gospel harmonica star Lyndel Rhodes is 92 years old and will soon have a composition featured on an upcoming album by famed country singer Willie Nelson. In a video shared by her son Buddy Cannon, Rhodes can be see listening approvingly as a recording of Nelson singing her “Little House on the Hill” is heard in the background. Cannon is a singer and songwriter in his own right and has posted videos of his beloved mother in the past.
In the amateur iPhone video, Cannon asks his mother “What are you listening to?” Smiling slightly, Rhodes gives the name of the song and answers “It’s mine.”
With evident pleasure, Rhodes identifies the singer of the song as “Mr. Willie Nelson.” She is seated in a chair with her feet propped up on what appears to be a walker.
According to her Facebook page, Rhodes was born into a musical family in Perry County, Tennessee. When she was 2 or 3 years old, her family moved to Lexington in Henderson County. As she grew up, she first learned to play the banjo, and later the guitar and mandolin. Responding to a teacher’s prompting, Rhodes started playing the harmonica at the age of 13 and joined a school harmonica band. She is still playing the “mouth organ” at her advanced age.
Her son Buddy Cannon has made several iPhone videos of the two of them playing some old gospel songs and posted them on the Internet. One of those video clips, "Blessed Assurance," has now been viewed on Facebook more than 10 million times. Her CD is available at her eponymous website, LyndelRhodes.com